Brain Storm: A Journey of Faith Through Brain Injury

Brain Storm: A Journey of Faith Through Brain Injury

by Laura And Bruce Allen
     
 

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Brain Storm is the story of Bruce and Laura Allen who, when confronted with the immeasurable challenges of brain injury, found courage, determination, and strength from God to forge through the seemingly insurmountable obstacles of Bruce's intense and often heartbreaking recovery. The overwhelming struggles that consumed the next year changed their lives

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Brain Storm is the story of Bruce and Laura Allen who, when confronted with the immeasurable challenges of brain injury, found courage, determination, and strength from God to forge through the seemingly insurmountable obstacles of Bruce's intense and often heartbreaking recovery. The overwhelming struggles that consumed the next year changed their lives forever. Brain Storm views these incredible hurdles through the separate eyes of both the survivor and the caregiver. It recounts how God miraculously led them through each step of the journey. This candid, intimate, and often humorous approach to recovery from brain injury will encourage and inspire readers-especially those who are currently traveling a similar path. You will learn why Bruce decided, "This has been the best year of my life."

"Brain Storm is not just the story of a man's experience recovering from brain injury, but it is also one of loss, grief, acceptance, and transcendence to find one's purpose in life. This is a true testament to how fragile our lives are and how resilient we can be in the face of adversity. Bruce's story is an inspiration to me, his physician and friend, and will be to you as well."

-Darryl L. Kaelin, MD

"Bruce and Laura Allen have allowed us to journey with them in their remarkable, honest, painful, and miraculous story of faith, hope, and love. This is a must-read for anyone walking through extended physical suffering either as a patient, caregiver, or family member. You will laugh, cry, and rejoice-but most of all you will experience God."

-Dr. Mark L. Walker

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One couple's tale of struggle and ultimate triumph over a debilitating brain injury as relayed by both patient and caregiver. The journal-style writing delivers a deeply personal account of Laura and Bruce Allen's difficult journey as they learned that Bruce had two lesions in his brain, a life-threatening condition requiring immediate surgery. Both religious leaders in their Southern community, the patient and caregiver never lost faith. Though the surgery to drain the abscess was a success, it was only the first step in a process of healing and learning to do the most basic actions. Bruce had to learn to walk, talk and manage mundane tasks all over again, while Laura learned to be patient and supportive. Laura describes their life after the diagnosis as the "new normal," and comes to terms with that fact that Bruce may never return to his pre-brain-injury self. "When the person can accept these changes and make use of adaptations where needed, he will find he can enjoy life--perhaps even more than before…." Each chapter opens with an email that caregiver Laura sent to close friends and family, relaying Bruce's condition and detailing his slow return to health. Laura matter-of-factly shares the timeline and details surrounding the monthslong process of Bruce's hospital and rehabilitative stays and the small but triumphant steps he makes toward recovery. Passages describing the same events, but written in Bruce's voice, provide the unique vantage point of the patient. The support network of family and friends, including a daughter who is a nurse at the Shepherd Center where Bruce does his inpatient and outpatient rehab, help the couple make it through the toughest event of their lives. The book provides tangible advice and resources for patients and caregivers to maintain their strength of spirit and body. This inspiring account of caring for a loved one with a brain injury will help guide anyone in a similar situation.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781449737726
Publisher:
Nelson, Thomas, Inc.
Publication date:
02/01/2012
Pages:
224
Sales rank:
607,912
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.51(d)

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